Finding could help combat drug resistance in malaria parasite

01/12/2010 | Times of India, The

Australian scientists have uncovered the normal mechanism of a set of transporter proteins that are present both in plants and in the malaria parasite called Plasmodium falciparum. The mutated form of the transporter protein found in the malaria parasite allows it to remove the common malaria drug chloroquine from its cell and survive. "Our findings set in motion the chance of reclaiming the efficacy of chloroquine which could turn the tide on the war against malaria and ultimately may help save millions of lives," the lead researcher said.

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